Road to Omaha – Oregon Ducks
May 17th, 2017
KVNO’s Brandon McDermott spoke with head baseball coach at Oregon, George Horton about his teams chances at making a post-season run.Â
Omaha, NE – George Horton, head baseball coach at the University of Oregon, has coached the Ducks for nine years.
In that time heâ€™s brought them to the NCAA tournament five times. This year Oregon still has work to do to get an NCAA tournament bid. They just came off a tough series loss to Oregon State, probably the best team in baseball right now, losing two of three games by a single run. Five of the past six losses for the Ducks have also been by one run. They are 26-21 currently and 9-15 in the Pac-12 and are 70th in the latest RPI rankings.
The team has also struggled behind the plate this year, batting .256 as a team with only one batter hitting above.300. Coach Horton said the team has â€œtried everythingâ€ to get the bats going to no avail, but he has hope they can come around with eight games remaining.
On paper, David Peterson is having a heckuva year. He leads the Pac-12, and is third in all of college baseball, in strikeouts. But even more remarkable is he only has 12 walks in nearly 90 innings pitched.
If Oregon runs the table â€“ wins the last two conference series (USC and UCLA) and last two non-conference games (Loyola Marymount and UC Riverside) Horton thinks it may be enough to make the NCAA Tournament.
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